Do you ever get “hangry?” I know I do! Knowing kids go hungry every day and that we can do something about it is a huge motivator. Time flew by while I helped pack 500 meals and heard about the amazing work Pete’s Garden is doing to provide meals to food insecure families.
The US has the capacity to produce enough food to feed everyone; yet— restaurants waste over $25 billion in food each year. 30% of wasted food was never even served. Surplus food from Kansas City restaurants alone could provide up to 1 million meals to hungry families. Parents shouldn’t have to worry about how to put dinner on the table—they should be looking forward to their family time, helping with homework and reading, and loving their little ones. In the US, no one needs to go hungry and there are answers.
Every community in the country is home to families who face hunger including rural and suburban communities. Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support. Pete’s Garden is providing answers to fighting the hunger crisis. They collect unserved prepared food from caterers, restaurants, and food service operations, portion donated food into balanced meals, and partner with social service groups to get meals to families. Get involved with Pete’s Garden, or consider starting a similar organization where you live. No one can do everything but everyone can do something.
To learn more, donate, or get involved, visit https://petesgarden.org